Michael Miyawaki

Michael Miyawaki

Assistant Professor – Sociology and Anthropology

Office: Kauke 020
Phone: 330-263-2292
Email: mmiyawaki@wooster.edu
Pronouns: He/Him/His


  • B.A., University of Pennsylvania 2003
  • M.A., Fordham University 2008
  • Ph.D., Fordham University 2013

Courses Taught

  • Introduction to Sociology
  • Racial and Ethnic Groups in American Society

Professional Membership

  • American Sociological Association
  • Critical Mixed Race Studies Association


  • Miyawaki, Michael H. 2018. “Qualitative Inquiry of Multiracial Identities and Experiences,” Qualitative Sociology 41(4):617-621.
  • Miyawaki, Michael H. 2016. “Part-Latinos and Racial Reporting in the Census: An Issue of Question Format?” Sociology of Race and Ethnicity 2(3):289-305.
  • Miyawaki, Michael H. 2015. “Expanding Boundaries of Whiteness?: A Look at the Marital Patterns of Part-White Multiracial Groups.” Sociological Forum, 30(4):995-1016..
  • Rodriguez, Clara E., Michael H. Miyawaki, and Grigoris Argeros. 2013. “Latino Racial Reporting in the U.S.: To Be or Not To Be.” Sociology Compass, 7(5):390-403.


Professor Miyawaki’s research interest is in race and ethnicity, particularly in the areas of identity formation, classification systems, and inequality, and as they pertain to Latinos and the multiracial population in the United States. His current research examines the racial and ethnic identities of “part-Latinos,” or the offspring of Latino/non-Latino unions, based on interviews with 100 people of partial Latino ancestry in New York and the San Francisco Bay Area and analysis of data from the American Community Survey.


Prior to joining the Wooster faculty in 2020, professor Miyawaki was an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Hendrix College (2015-2020). He taught courses in race and ethnicity, mixed race studies, social inequality, research methods, and social statistics. While there, he founded the M&M Project, a campus photography project aimed at raising awareness about microaggressions and promoting the campus adoption of microaffirmations.